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The Intimate Partner Violence Screening (IPV) and Counseling Research Symposium

The Intimate Partner Violence Screening (IPV) and Counseling Research Symposium was held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Neuroscience Building on Monday, December 9, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., 6001 Executive Blvd., Rockville, MD.

In addition to NIH, participating agencies includes: Administration on Community Living, Administration on Children and Families (ACF), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources and Services Administration, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and the Office on Women’s Health (OWH).

The goals of this meeting were to identify gaps in research in screening and counseling for IPV in primary health care settings and to shape priorities in the national research agenda.  Ultimately, the goal of Department of Health and Human is to promote effective strategies for health care practitioners for screening and counseling. 

The specific areas covered during the symposium were: 

  • Culturally-competent, comprehensive screening and counseling practices
  • Barriers to screening for IPV
  • Past and ongoing experiences of trauma
  • The intersection of IPV and substance abuse 
  • Integrating screening into clinical settings
  • The effects of screening and counseling on health, safety, and outcomes related to social and emotional well-being

Despite the weather and the unscheduled leave for federal employees, the meeting was attended by 136 participants among them federal employees, researchers, practitioners, and advocates. 

see captionDr. Jacquelyn Campbell from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing is addressing the participants of the Intimate Partner Violence Screening (IPV) and Counseling Research Symposium, held at NIH on Monday, December 9, 2013.

Symposium participants reviewed the current body of evidence on screening and counseling research for IPV across the lifespan and identified gaps in research for screening and counseling for IPV in primary health settings. In addition, the participants discussed effective IPV screening guidelines and appropriate counseling and intervention tools for health care practitioners.

The symposium was chaired by Dr. Nancy Lee (HHS/OWH), Dr. Marylouise Kelley (ACF), and Dr. Samia Noursi, Deputy Coordinator, Women and Sex/Gender Differences Research Program, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).   

The keynote speaker was Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell, Professor, Anna D. Wolf Chair, The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.  Dr. Campbell presented on “Now that we are doing routine screening violence – what should “brief counseling” look like? – A research agenda.” 

Dr. Janine Austin Clayton, Director, ORWH, and Associate Director, Women's Health Research, NIH, provided opening remarks.  Ms. Lynn Rosenthal, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women provided welcoming remarks.  Among the speakers were NIH grantees, council members, program officials, and scientists.   

For those interested in learning more about this meeting, you may watch the archived video at: http://videocast.nih.gov. You may also view documents related to this meeting on a web portal created to serve as a central electronic resource for this research symposium: https://sis.nlm.nih.gov/outreach/2013IPVsymposium.html.

For any additional information, please contact the NIH co-chair of this meeting, Dr. Samia Noursi at snoursi@mail.nih.gov.

This page was last updated December 2013